We all get distracted by a number of things at some point in our lives. Some of the distractions are caused by the influence of others, but there are times, we do things to distract ourselves. We browse through social media, are constantly checking and reading emails instead of going straight to work, and when we get home and turn on the TV and our minds zone out into another world. We talk and play on our cellphones whenever we need to take a break or have some quit time for us. We tend to cause these distractions for ourselves throughout the day without ever giving much thought to what it costs us in the long run.
Let’s get started with working hours. Getting distracted will substantially shrink how much you can get completed in a given day. Not only do you lose the time that you’re distracted, be it a minute while you are checking your email, a couple of seconds in order for you look at your cellphone to see what the flashing alert is about, or the fifteen minutes when a co-worker stops by to chat. You lose a great deal of additional productive time while you’re attempting to figure out where you were at and what you are supposed to be doing. The time it takes to get yourself back into “productive mode” is frequently longer than the time of the actual distraction. And it all adds up. After a couple of dozen distractions in a given day, you’ve easily managed to lose a couple of hours of work time.
By itself, it may also not seem like much, however extended over weeks, months, or even the year, it’s a lot of time. It’s a lot of progress and as a result your business may not be benefit financially from this extended time frame. It may also be the difference between getting that increase or promotion and totally missing out. It can also make the difference between taking your business to the next level, and barely scraping by. It will make a huge difference in how much money you make at the end of the year.
Let’s not forget about your personal life. While you may no longer be in a position to put a dollar value on the time you waste here by letting yourself be distracted, the cost ends up being even higher. How many hours of quality time that you could possibly be spending with your children or your spouse are you wasting by watching TV suggests you don’t actually care about, browsing through YouTube videos, or wasting away scrolling through Facebook and doing a Google search that ends with a cat video after two hours of senseless browsing. Even if it’s simply a few minutes right here and there, this time adds up and it’s time you’re not getting back.
Isn’t it time to take back total control of your time and your life? Start by means of cutting out as many distractions as you can from your life.
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